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Man cited after dog freezes to death

Dog was found frozen to dog house floor

Reported By: Erin Calandra
Written By: Marc Stempka

CURTIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man has been charged with animal cruelty after his dog was found frozen to the floor of a dog house in Centre County, state police said.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said the dog may have died as result of the recent cold weather that gripped the area.

State police cited Ronald Eugene Haines, 46, with cruelty to animals after the dog was found at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in a dog house behind Haines home on Front Street in the Orviston area of Curtin Township.

Pennsylvania law says its legal to keep a dog outside as long as it has shelter, food and water, but Miller said thats not appropriate when the temperatures get as cold as they have recently.

When the weather gets this low, its against the law because you have to have adequate housing of your pet, Miller said. When its this cold, its impossible to have housing thats adequate.

Crystol Confer lives in Haines neighborhood and said it was a large brown dog and that it was friendly.

The dogs dont choose you, you choose the dog and theyre part of a family, Confer said. You should bring them in and treat them like they are one of your family.

Investigators said neighbors called a state dog warden to report Haines and the situation. Calling and making a report is something officials are asking anyone to do if they suspect an animal may be in danger.

Miller said in the days leading up to the cold weather, numerous warnings were issued about the dangers of leaving pets outdoors.

Its proven what were saying. Its a sad reminder why weve been saying it and Im sad that we failed, Miller said. We were hoping to not see this happen."

Haines was issued a ticket for a summary offense in this case. If found guilty, he my face a few hundred dollar fine.



 
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